A woman from Phoenix, aged 47, was hospitalized after being gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park, Your Content has learned.
The incident took place near the Lake Lodge Cabins on the north shore of Lake Yellowstone.
The woman and another individual encountered two bison while walking, prompting them to turn around and attempt to distance themselves.
However, one of the bison charged at them, resulting in the woman sustaining significant injuries to her chest and abdomen.
She was subsequently airlifted to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. At present, no updates on her condition have been provided.
NPS officials have launched an investigation into the incident, with details regarding the proximity of the visitors to the bison yet to be determined.
This represents the first reported bison attack on a park visitor since June 2022, as stated by the NPS. Last month, the NPS issued warnings following several instances of human encounters with wildlife at Yellowstone that gained traction on social media.
Notably, one video showed a woman approaching a bison closely to take a selfie, which park officials cautioned against due to the animals’ unpredictable behavior.
The NPS emphasized the importance of maintaining a distance of at least 25 yards from large animals such as bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes. Moreover, visitors should remain at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves.
The NPS also advised exercising extra caution and allowing more space during the bison’s mating season, which occurs from mid-July to mid-August, according to the National Park Service (NPS).